Contemplation Day11

40 Days of Letting Go, Letting God

From Release to Embrace

Rule 11

The midwife knows that when there is no pain, the way for the baby cannot be opened and the mother cannot give birth. Likewise, for a new self to be born, hardship is necessary. Just as clay needs to go through intense heat to become strong, Love can only be perfected in pain.”* 


Today’s affirmation: Trust the Divine Spark in me to show me the blessings.

In my view, every difficult situation or problem can be viewed as an opportunity to try something different or learn something. When we find ourselves in a time of despaired we can chose to reflect to see what the opportunity may be. What if by giving up pessimism we can see God in action? What if at the moment when our mind is cleared of fear and negativity, a new possibility shows up?

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely
on your own insight.—Proverbs 3:5

As I was contemplating on Rule No11 and today’s Lent message, I realized that …

My life has had many curveballs and I have chosen pessimism as a way forward from an early age on. I had learn that I attracted ‘disasters’ and that would make my life difficult. I lived by this belief for a long time, until I realised that this belief did not serve me at all.

But how to change this belief? Beliefs can only change by different experiences that I was not able to generate for myself. So, upon suggestion, I started to look at the silver-linings of every disastrous situation and expressed my gratitude for them. Soon I realised that most of these difficult experiences were nothing but great opportunities to reflect on my choices, beliefs. The Divine in His Loving kindness was guiding my through these difficult experiences by providing my with insight so I could make the necessary changes. 

It is true that when we are going through challenges it is hard to see the underlining goodness in them but when they are over, we can use them for our upliftment and growth.

What did you discover by contemplation on this rule and Lent reading?

in Loving and with many Blessings,
Rev Kudlik

Please note that though I may use ‘him’ or ‘his’ pronouns to talk about God/the Divine, it is only because the English language does not have a gender neutral pronoun. ‘They’ sounds odd to me to use and ‘it’ sounds lifeless. 

Source of heart picture, click